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  • Syrian state television broadcast footage of aid trucks arriving in the town of al-Ghuzlaniyah, close to Damascus airport, as part of an ongoing delivery to civilians displaced by the country's ongoing civil conflict.

    The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) delivered the aid in cooperation with UN organisations in preparation for distribution, according to the official SANA news agency.

    United Nations aid deliveries to al-Ghuzlaniyah in southeast Damascus began on Thursday, a day after it said that Syrian authorities had promised to allow humanitarian supplies through to areas cut off by fighting.

    Pictures shown on Syria TV showed aid boxes bearing the symbols of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, while children and women were seen walking with aid boxes and Red Crescent workers were observed talking to locals.

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    N spokesman said earlier in the week that a convoy assisted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had brought food, medicine and winter relief supplies.

    Along with another convoy planned soon to a neighbourhood west of Damascus, the two deliveries would help a total of 20,000 people, Khaled Masri told Reuters news agency by telephone from Damascus.

    Thursday's delivery was apparently the first to reach al-Ghuzlaniyah, on the edge of the rebel stronghold of East Ghouta region which has been under military siege by President Bashar al-Assad's forces for more than a year.

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